One-on-One with Mark Clayton of the Baltimore Ravens

Bleacher ReportContributor IMay 18, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 10:  Wide receiver Mark Clayton #89 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a 37-yard pass between Cortland Finnegan #31 and Chris Hope #24 of the Tennessee Titans in the third quarter during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Mark Clayton - WR, Baltimore Ravens

  • Former Oklahoma Sooner
  • 5' 10", 190 pounds
  • Round One/Pick 22 - 2005 NFL Draft
  • 2008 Stats - 41 rec, 695 yds, three receiving TDs, one rushing TD, one passing TD


1. You've had the benefit of learning from one of the best veteran receivers in the game in Derrick Mason. What has he been able to teach you specifically? Who are other current NFL receivers that you try to watch and learn from?

2. You've been in the league long enough to have played against almost every team in the NFL. You've lined up opposite the likes of Champ Bailey, Nnamdi Asomugha, and pretty much every other elite corner in the game. Who is the toughest defensive back you've ever faced, and why?

3. You've put together a pretty impressive highlight reel so far in your young career. You're especially famous for your ability to make defenders miss and pick up extra yards after the catch. Do you have a favorite moment from your football career or a specific play that you love to rewatch on film?

4. In 2008 you threw your first NFL touchdown pass, a 32-yarder to Derrick Mason. With your unique skillset, is the Wildcat (or the "Suggs Package") something that you'd like to become even more involved in in 2009?

5. You've spent time with a few different QBs while in Baltimore.You've caught passes from Steve McNair, Kyle Boller, Troy Smith, and most recently, Joe Flacco. When Joe first arrived at camp last year, what were your first impressions of him, and how has he progressed since then?

6. I've heard you're a Madden junkie. What do you think about your player attributes? (Last time I checked, you had a speed of 92). If you were in charge of that aspect of the game, how would you change your ratings?

7. In 2008, you proved you had the ability to catch passes, run out of the backfield, and even throw to receivers. If you could play any other position on the field for one game, what would it be?

8. Despite the success your team enjoyed last year, there were a lot of changes going on, on and off the field. How has working with John Harbaugh and Cam Cameron been different than working with the old coaching staff?

9. You grew up in Texas, no doubt one of the best places to fall in love with football. What was your favorite team growing up, and what players did you idolize?

10. Coming into the 2005 draft, you were one of the most highly touted prospects at wide receiver. When all was said and done, you ended up being draft 22nd overall, behind the likes of Braylon Edwards, Troy Williamson, Mike Williams, and Matt Jones. Do you have any advice for top college prospects entering the draft this year? Looking back at that class of receivers, how do you think you've measured up so far?

11. As a top draft pick and a highly decorated college player, your fans and teammates expect a lot out of you. There's no doubt that your best football is still in front of you, but in what areas do you feel you need to improve? What do you need to do to become a better receiver and a better teammate?

12. You're still a young guy and chances are you've got a ton of football ahead of you. Besides winning a Super Bowl, what are your individual career goals? What do you want to have accomplished by the time you retire?